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Yifan Hou vs Mariya Muzychuk
Women's World Chess Championship (2016)  ·  English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: I think Black is better here. That thorn on d4 is really cramping her.
Mar-08-16  Sanjeev Thakur: Position of black is better
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: <GiuocoPianoMan: Would someone please tell me about the delay? How long is and why are they using it? Is this another Kramnik/Topolav issue?/> Here is a link to the live games display on the chess24 website: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: "Yes Virginia. There really is an En passant rule." I teach chess at a grade school. Kid asked the other day- "Why do some people think taking a pawn en passant is cheating?"
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: <ULHUMBRUS> Thanks. I have that link but I dont understand what all this talk about a delay is?
Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <GiuocoPianoMan>: I believe our feed is delayed one half-hour.
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: Hou Yifan would like her isolated d pawn to become a weapon while Black wants it to be a target. Let us try a few moves: 21 d4 Nc7 22 Rad1 Rad8. The White pawn seems kept back for the moment but if we assume that Hou Yifan is a dangerous tactician this suggests that she will look for ways to play d4-d5 as a pawn sacrifice. Muzychuk may try to blockade it by ...Nd5 and avoid d5 as a pawn sacrifice. Whether she can and does remains to be seen.
Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: Ulhumbrus, that is the correct IQP strategy for both sides. I think Black can more easily accomplish her goals so I still believe Black is a little better here.
Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: b3 was played to free the Ra1 to swing over to d1, I think. Black is still dictating the play here. I think White might play Rd1 and maybe Qa5, looking to liquidate the IQP at d5.
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Hou Yifan is dreaming of Qb2 with d5 and Ng4
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: Why is the time control here only 90 mins and not 120? Is it still 40 moves to make before control??
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: Black's worst placed piece is her knight. This suggests 22...Nc7
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: After 28...Kf7 Black's king is ahead of White's king in development
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: 29 Kf1 indicates one advantage which the rook on the c file has over the rook on the e file. White's king keeps Black's rook out of the square e2 while Black's king does not keep White's rook out of the square c7. Muzychuk settles for 29...Ke6 inviting a draw after 30 Re1+
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: After 31 Kd3 it looks like a draw
Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: Draw will be agreed soon
Mar-08-16
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  Octavia: draw agreed!
Mar-08-16
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  whiteshark: The took almost every opportunity to trade pieces off and were never outside the drawing zone.
Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: Muzychuk is holding her own after the one loss. Not the blow-out everyone was expecting.
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: Mariya has kept Yifan from winning twice with white- so now SHE must win with white to get back into the match....
Mar-08-16  dumbgai: <Muzychuk is holding her own after the one loss. Not the blow-out everyone was expecting.>

Sooner or later she'll need to do more than merely holding her own, though. When you're down by a game with 5 remaining, you need to show the ability to get some sort of advantage, which hasn't happened in any of the games so far.

Mar-08-16
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  lost in space: Not a good game but a good result for Mariya; she was able to keep the balance after her loss and also after 2 games in a row with Black

Now it is time to think about how to win with the white pieces. That much about the theory. More difficult is to execute it.

Mar-08-16
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  Penguincw: < LucB: <Penguincw: Being down 3.5-1.5 with just 5 games left>

The score isn't that lopsided; it's 2.5-1.5, no? >

My full quote: < "I think everyone can all be agree Muzychuk can't afford to lose this game. Being down 3.5-1.5 with just 5 games left, doesn't look too pretty." >

3.5-1.5 is the score that would've arised, in Hou Yifan's favour, had Muzychuk lost this game (which ends up not happening). Also ignore that grammar error in my initial quote...

Mar-08-16
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  HeMateMe: Well, she's already done better than Anna U. did. Anna went down faster than the Titanic.
Mar-10-16  Eduardo Leon: <HeMateMe> Indeed. While this match is “merely” a convincing win, the match against Ushenina was a total massacre.
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